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Top News – Monday, April 23, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 8 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 8 - Day 1 Yesterday, the start was given to the 5'700nm leg 8 of the Ocean Race from Itajai BRA to Newport RI, USA. The seven teams are sailing upwind direction East searching for fresher winds.
'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP had taken the lead right after the start and was 0,1nm in front this morning UTC. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS were the first followers. The whole fleet is separated by one mile only.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the start.
Monday, April 23, 2018   

Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Final results

 Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Final results The 51st edition of the Congressional Cup in Long Beach CA was concluded yesterday with the Semi Finals and the Finals, as well as a fleetrace for the remaining participants.
The winners of the Semis Taylor Canfield ISV (3-0 vs Johnie Berntson SWE) and Dean Barker NZL (3-1 vs Sam Gilmour AUS) qualified for the Final, where Taylor Canfield ISV succeeded to defeat the dominator of the week Dean Barker NZL with a 3-1 score. Winner of the Petite Final for rank 3 was Gilmour AUS with 3-1 over Berntson SWE. The fleetrace of the non-finalists decided on the overall final rankings.
The final results.
Monday, April 23, 2018   

Weta - US Multihull Championship 2018, April 19-22, Final results

Legendary multihull sailor Randy Smyth won his fifth Hobie Alter Trophy for the U.S. Multihull Championship 2018 held in Fort Walton Beach, FL from April 19 to 22 after three days of racing on Choctawhatchee Bay in the Weta trimaran. On the fourth and final day, racing was cancelled due to incoming storm fronts. Smyth won by one-point over Mike Krantz. Robert Hodges, Weta single as well, was 16 points behind on 3rd.
The ranking list.
Monday, April 23, 2018   

Nacra 15 - World Championship 2018 - Barcelona ESP - Start today

 Nacra 15 - World Championship 2018 - Barcelona ESP - Start today Today in Barcelona ESP, the first World Championship of the now official Youth catamaran Nacra-15 will begin with 59 teams from 20 nations and 4 continents. Competing from North America are Helen Horangic/ Walker Moffat (CAN), Mia Nicolosi/ Teddy Nicolosi (ISV), and Nicolas Martin/ Lucie Brugman (USA).
The event website with the entry list (scoll down). No news are available on yesterday's Practice Race. Racing of today can be followed over GPS tracking live.
Monday, April 23, 2018   (Image © Barracuda)

Melges 20 - World League Act 1 - Ischia ITA - Final results

 Melges 20 - World League Act 1 - Ischia ITA - Final results Light to moderate winds prevailed also on day two of the Melges 20 World League event in Ischia ITA, allowing to sail 3 races.
Filippo Pacinotti ITA (tactics Manu Weiller ESP) added two more bullets on his results sheet and confirmed his superiority. Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Michele Ivaldi ITA) and Rob Wilbur GBR (Charlie McKee USA) complete the podium among the 30 teams from 5 nations.
The ranking list and the news.
 
Top News – Sunday, April 22, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018   (Image © Tom Walker)

Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 5

 Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 5 Yesterday, Round Robin 2 was concluded in California and the first Semi Finals were held.
Taylor Canfield ISV leads over Johnie Berntsson SWE 1-0, Dean Barker NZL won his first match against Sam Gilmour AUS. Among the eliminated is the multiple World Champion Ian Williams GBR.
The Round Robin results and the Semi Finals.
Sunday, April 22, 2018   

Weta - US Multihull Championship 2018, April 19-22

Racing at the US Multihull Championship is going on from April 19-22 on Choctawhatchee Bay in Weta trimarans as either singlehanded or doublehanded teams (34 in total) for the US Sailing title. Yesterday Saturday, after 10 races completed, Randy Smyth and Mike Krantz both sailing on Weta single, were fighting for the lead separated by one point only. Robert Hodges, Weta single as well, is already 16 points behind. The ranking list .
Sunday, April 22, 2018   

Melges 20 - World League - Act 1 - Ischia ITA - Day 2

 Melges 20 - World League - Act 1 - Ischia ITA - Day 2 After the Melges 32 over the past weekend, it was the turn of the Melges 20 to open the Annual Championship with Act 1 in Ischia ITA. After a windless Friday, the first 3 races were sailed in good conditions.
Filippo Pancinotti ITA (tactics Manu Weiller ESP) has taken the lead with the ranks 1/2/3 ahead of Carlo Alberini ITA (Karlo Hmeljak SLO) and Vladimir Prosikhin RUS. 30 teams from 5 nations participate.
The ranking list and the news of the day.
Sunday, April 22, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Mapfre wins In-Port race

'Mapfre' (Xabi Fernandez ESP) won the Itajaí In-Port Race yesterday after battling with team 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) for the lead on the first of three laps of the race course. After taking the lead on the first downwind leg in a moderate 10kn seabreeze, the Spanish team protected well the rest of the way, and extended the advantage in the In-Port Race Series over 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) who finished in third place.
VOR website.
 
Top News – Saturday, April 21, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018   (Image © Tom Walker)

Match Racing - Congressional Cup 2018 - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 3

 Match Racing - Congressional Cup 2018 - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 3 Round Robin 2 went on yesterday with only two flights left at the end of the day. However, the four Semi Finalists are known: Dean Barker NZL is on top with a smashing 15-1 score. Taylor Canfield ISV and Johnie Berntsson SWE follow with 11-5 w/l each, and Ian Williams GBR (10-6) completes the final four sailing for the winners Jacket today.
The results.
 
Top News – Friday, April 20, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018   

Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 2

 Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 2 A solid seabreeze prevailed yesterday in Long Beach at the conclusion of Round Robin one and the frist two flights of Round Robin 2.
Dean Barker NZL was the outstanding winner of the first Round before he lost his first match in Round 2 ... and this against Eric Monnin SUI ! Already in Round on, the duel between the two was decided in a photo finish as the video reveals. Behind Barker NZL (10-1 w/l) follows new on rank 2 Sam Gilmour AUS (7-4). Johnie Berntsson SWE, Taylor Canfield ISV and Ian Williams GBR (all 6-5) are also well positiones for the Quarterfinal qualification. I
The results and the event website.
Friday, April 20, 2018   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - 'Scallywag' arrived in Itajai

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - 'Scallywag' arrived in Itajai Yesterday, three days before the start to leg 8 of the VOR over 7'500nm from Itajai to Newport RI, USA, 'Scallywag' arrived at the port of call in Brazil. After the tragic loss at sea of John Fisher GBR, David Witt AUS abandoned leg 8 and did a stopover at the closest harbour in Chile. The transfer to Brazil around Cape Horn was done by a substitute team. In the coming two days, yacht and equipment have to be examined, repaired or replaced to be in shape for the next leg, as the materilal stress during the crossing of the Southern Seas was tremendous.
The news and the video.
 
Top News – Thursday, April 19, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018   

420, 470 - National Printemps/CIMA - Martigues FRA - Day 4, Brugman/Brugman USA 14th

 420, 470 - National Printemps/CIMA - Martigues FRA - Day 4, Brugman/Brugman USA 14th The perfect sailing conditions stayed on yesterday at the 420/470 CIMA, where the 470 'National Printemps' ended to allow the teams qualified for the Hyères Worldcup event to move on to the Côte d'Azur to be ready next Sunday.
Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA were the clear winner after 10 races in the 470s with a 19 points' advantage on Kevin Peponnet/Jérémie Mion FRA. On rank 3 followed Gelson Dzioubanov/Gustavo Thiensen BRA. Jennifer Poret/Camille Hautefaye FRA on rank 8 were the best women team. Brugman/Brugman USA followed on the 14th place.
The 420s continue the regatta today and tomorrow, split after 5 races sailed in a Gold- and Silverfleet. Solenza Mariani/Clara Olive FRA are 3 points ahead of Violette Dorange/Camille Orion FRA on 2nd before the final races. Tom Marson/Victor Herbert FRA advanced on rank 3.
The event website with all ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Thursday, April 19, 2018   

Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 1

 Match Racing - Congressional Cup - Long Beach CA, USA - Day 1 Yesterday in Long Beach CA was day one of the 54th edition of the Congressional Cups with Round Robin 1, where 6 of the 9 flights were completed. Dean Barker NZL in his comeback was the outstanding dominator winning all six matches. With 4-2 wins followed Johnie Berntsson SWE, Taylor Canfield ISV and Sam Gilmour AUS on rank 2.
The results.
Thursday, April 19, 2018   

World Sailing - Midyear Meeting - London GBR - Olympic sailing in danger

 World Sailing - Midyear Meeting - London GBR - Olympic sailing in danger In early May, the World Sailing Midyear-Meeting will debate on the future of Olympic Sailing discussing the 10 events to be held as from the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris/Marseille. 65 submissions (follow Papers and Submissions) will be on the table and some of them suggest to replace half of the existing events ! Popular classes with considerable local and national fleets such as the Finn, 470s shall be eliminated and be replaced by events such as kiteboarding, two-person offshore racing or team racing. Some of them are far from reality on elite sailing around the World as e.g. the one from US Sailing.
An extensive report by sail-world.com critised the confusing process initiated by the federation. Read also two comments of the past-ISAF President Paul Henderson CAN 'world-sailing-has-it-wrong' and 'an important perspective' on this subject.
 
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